Gemma practises family law, primarily public law care and adoption proceedings for local authorities, parents, children and Guardians. She has experience of the most difficult cases that involve complex medical evidence and serious injuries.
Gemma has extensive experience of all areas of private law family work. She has acted for Local Authorities in the Court of Protection.
In addition she advises and acts in judicial review applications in matters concerning Local authority responsibilities, Leaving Care provisions and in cases involving adults under a disability.
Gemma regularly gives seminars that have included topics ranging from the human rights implications of disclosure of information about children, public law assessments, special guardianship, publicity in care cases, assessing parents with a learning disability, challenging decisions about foster placements and the division of responsibility between courts and local authorities.
"An authoritative figure, she keeps everyone under control and makes sure the main issues are focused on."
"She adopts a calm and good-humoured approach to intense and complex situations."
"Gemma’s greatest strength is her clarity of thought and ability to get straight to the issue. She alternates between sensitivity and force depending on what is needed, and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of child law." - Chambers and Partners 2021
6.00pm, Tuesday 2nd July19th June 2019 Read more
Tina Cook QC and Gemma Taylor QC were instructed in the recently reported decision of Lancashire County Council v TP & Ors (Permission to Withdraw Care Proceedings)  EWFC 30 (09 May 2019)13th May 2019 Read more
In this case she acted for the mother. Knowles J provides detailed recommendations about the management of police disclosure in care proceedings.9th August 2018 Read more
Gemma Taylor QC acted for the mother.1st August 2018 Read more
Gemma Taylor QC for the children’s guardian, Francis Cassidy for the 3rd Respondent and Robert Cameron for the Applicant.1st August 2018 Read more
Gemma Taylor QC presented a Public law update to the FLBA at Cumberland Lodge on 12th May 2018.14th May 2018 Read more
A case where the local authority applied to remove Father as a party to proceedings and from local authority decision making about the welfare of his children.19th March 2018 Read more
Congratulations to Gemma Taylor QC who is pictured here receiving her Letters Patent.26th February 2018 Read more
Congratulations to Gemma Taylor who is pictured here with her family and colleagues from 42 Bedford Row as she leaves Chambers to travel to Westminster where she will be appointed Queen’s Counsel by the Lord Chancellor in today’s ceremony.26th February 2018 Read more
As part of her ongoing training of professionals who work with parents with learning disabilities, Gemma Taylor has contributed to a new resource for independent advocates working with parents with learning disabilities.18th January 2018 Read more
42 Bedford Row is delighted to announce that Gemma Taylor has been appointed Queen’s Counsel in the 2017 competition.20th December 2017 Read more
Gemma Taylor gave a presentation to the FLBA national conference on 4.11.17, entitled “Representing parents with a learning disability, tips and traps” . Her paper is attached.7th November 2017 Read more
Seminar on parents with learning disabilities given on 10th March. Gemma Taylor (barrister 42 Bedford Row) outlined the duties of Local Authorities to parents with learning disabilities and the recent case law. Rachel Butt (Senior Advocate, Impetus) explained how parents actually experience court proceedings and what steps could be taken to improve outcomes. Please find14th March 2016 Read more
Frank Feehan QC and Gemma Taylor of 42BR’s Family team have succeeded in the Supreme Court case of Re A (A Child). Judgment was handed down on the 12th December 2012. Their arguments on the nature of “unqualified” rights under the European Convention were accepted by the Supreme Court in deciding that the right of14th December 2012 Read more
In a new equal pay decision Haq v Audit Commission the Court of Appeal upholds the Respondent’s “genuine material factor” defence based on a form of “pay protection ”. The policy entailed that on reorganisation, employees kept the higher pay level of their old jobs where the new and old jobs were in the same7th December 2012 Read more